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The recent underground nuclear test performed by North Korea has shaken not only the Korean Peninsula, but all major capitals around the world, from Beijing to Moscow to Washington D.C. The charge was four times as powerful than the one in 2006, having roughly the same capacity as the Nagasaki nuclear blast. What is less… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

In the first quarter of 2009, eurozone economies have contracted for the first time in 60 years by around 2.5 percent. Unemployment is expected to rise to around 10 percent of the workforce by 2010, while consumption of goods and services has decreased accordingly. All across the continent, car makers, builders and exporters are feeling… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Extending the war in Irak will probably be regarded by pundits as the biggest foreign policy blunder the US has made in recent memory. Much as a consequence of it, the war in Afghanistan has been fought with less resolve, enabling Al-Qaida and the Talibans to regain their strength and challenge the Western forces present… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The current economic tsunami has accelerated integration moves between ASEAN countries, China and other regional powerhouses. The planned launch of Asia’s and the world’s largest trade bloc has prompted me to ask Professor Bruce McKern, a renowned International Management expert, for an interview concerning its prospects in emulating the European Union’s economic integration experience. Professor… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Is Libertas CIA-Backed ?

Last Sunday I have watched in disbelief the BBC debate between Declan Ganley, the founder of Libertas, and MEP Richard Corbett. The way Libertas tells it on their site, Mr Corbett was “savaged” by the would-be saviour of European democracy, i.e. Mr Ganley. As I saw it, the British MEP was barely allowed to reply… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

After much horse-trading between the continental Europeans and the Anglo-Saxons, the G20 Summit in London has ended with an “almost historic compromise” (Angela Merkel). Known for their reluctance to regulate financial markets and to rein in hedge-funds or rating agencies, the American and British teams at the summit were coaxed by the Sarkozy-Merkel team to… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

On the final days of last week’s National People’s Congress (NPC) session, its president Mr. Wu Bangguo has assured his conservative audience that China is not about to embark on a Western-style democratisation process and that it will not indiscriminately emulate Western political theory and institutions : “we will never put into practice a multi-party… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Even as Western economists disagree as to the depth and duration of the current economic crisis, one thing is certain : it fosters closer economic cooperation between China and its Asian neighbours. The crisis might also generate unexpected peace dividends for the region. Speaking before the National People’s Congress yesterday, the Chinese premier claimed his… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The ASEAN countries’ annual summit meeting starts today in Thailand amid calls for more economic integration between its members. Its main objective is the creation of a common market in the region by 2015. The urgency of finalising agreements leading to the creation of a common market in Southeast Asia is understandable. The economic crisis… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi